Every event in your novel is just the news unless your main character has an opinion on it.
- A volcano erupts and kills everyone in town… Okay.
- Your main character’s beloved daughter was in the town when it erupted… Super Sad!
- Your main character had taken out life insurance on his daughter right before she died in the eruption and now he can pay for his wife’s operation… Conflicting!
- Your main character is actually a psychopath and sent his daughter to the town knowing it would erupt… Perfect!
Any event becomes 1000X more dramatic once your main character has an opinion on what is happening.